Arçelik joins Nokia, Türk Telekom for Turkey’s first 5G private network

Arçelik joins Nokia, Türk Telekom for Turkey’s first 5G private network

The consumer durables and electronics manufacturer Arçelik Global has signed a strategic business agreement with Nokia and Türk Telekom to deploy the first private wireless network in Turkey.

Under the terms of the partnership, the 5G-ready private wireless network will be deployed at Arçelik’s Çayırova-based washing machine manufacturing facility. Leveraging Nokia technology, the 5G-ready network will create a platform for Arcelik to accelerate its digital transformation and deliver 4.0 use cases.

“At Arçelik, we are committed to integrating new technologies into our business model and this deployment positions Arçelik at the forefront of manufacturing digitalization,” said Utku Barış Pazar, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Arçelik.

According to a joint press release, an initial application will see the network deliver pervasive, reliable low-latency coverage throughout the facility to enhance automated guided vehicle (AGV) performance.

With AGVs used throughout the manufacturing process for component logistics, improved connectivity will enhance AGV speed, control, and operational efficiency. Nokia and Arcelik plan further collaboration to develop and implement additional use cases in the mid-term.

The network will support high-accuracy indoor positioning for real-time asset location tracking as well as enabling new video analytics-based applications for site safety and security, it said.

The release said that further potential use cases include augmented and virtual reality, digital twins, inventory control, safety, and facility management, quality control, high-resolution video for remote inspection, and facility-wide voice and video communication.

Under the agreement, Nokia will also provide solution design, deployment and ongoing managed services. Turk Telekom will provide a 4.9G/LTE spectrum and also will be responsible for the project end-to-end management and governance model.

Nokia will deliver industrial-grade private wireless infrastructure based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform. Nokia DAC is a digitalization platform capable of providing reliable high-bandwidth, low-latency, private networking. It also incorporates local edge computing capabilities, voice and video services, and a catalog of digital-enabler applications.

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